Thursday, September 20, 2007
Quilt for sister
Saturday, my friend Jane, my granddaughter Meredith and I went to a quilt workshop — how to make a shaggy pumpkin quilt.
We had a lot of fun and surprise, surprise, it was pretty easy. I’ve only been quilting about five-six years now and am constantly amazed at how complicated looking things are generally easy and some of the simple-looking things are hard to do. Appliqued flowers, for instance, can really be a pain in the neck! So, why is one of my favorite things to do appliqued flowers?
Meredith, at age 11, is becoming quite a quilter. She made several pumpkin blocks without a whole lot of help. She even finished a reverse triangle block.
After lunch though, she kinda gave out on us. She’s been coughing (sinsuses...) and we thought she was just tired.
That evening though...first came chills and shaking, then her temperature started soaring, hitting 105+ for a bit.
She had a friend spending the night, but around 10 p.m. or so, the phone rang with a request, via her little sister Remy, for Pop to come and see Meredith.
Pop came home with her, as she needed to spend the night with him — he is the only one capable of taking care of either of the girls (or any of the rest of us for that matter).
Sunday, she was fine, but Monday on the way to school, she said the cough syrup had made her sick. So, here comes Pop again, riding to the rescue.
• I hope we’re past that now, especially as we’re headed to Missouri Thursday to visit my sister Jackie. Aunt Jackie is a bit older than I am (80 and can still outlast me!). We have one of those “mixed” families — Jackie is my half sister and she has another half sister, who, while not actually related to me at all, feels like she’s my family as well.
As my friend Jane is fond of saying “related by heart, not by blood.”
Both my granddaughters adore Aunt Jackie and Aunt Rahe, who lives in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The girls put in a special request for Aunt Rahe to be at Aunt Jackie’s house while they’re there.
Even though Jackie reads my column on our website regularly, I can tell you about the surprise I’m taking her, because it won’t be posted until Thursday.
She has always loved blue and white everything, Delft china especially. Years ago, she gave me a “what-not” that was our grandmother’s who bought it for herself on her 16th birthday for a dime. It’s blue and white also.
You won’t be surprised that my surprise for Jackie is a quilt — blue and white printed fabric with Delft looking tea pots and cups, intertwined with cats. I hope she likes it as much as I do.
The most amazing thing about this quilt is that Remy donated some of her own much-loved cat fabric for the backing.
My granddaughters and my sisters are a “match made in heaven!”
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